Why Dave Semrow Works at Blaze Fire Investigation
Blaze Fire Investigation is now know as Anderson Engineering. (updated 6/28/17)
At the age of seventeen, Dave Semrow began his training to become a fire fighter. At the age of eighteen as senior year of high school, and with the fire house across the street from school, Dave responded to fire calls from class. When a run came in, he jumped to it whether he was at lunch or in the middle of Trigonometry class. Upon graduation from high school, Dave obtained his certification and began his career in firefighting that would span more than 30 years and include everything from being on the firefighting front line, to haz mat, to heavy equipment operation to fire investigation.
Most of Dave’s career was with the City of Milwaukee which is where he also first became a fire investigator. With fire investigation, Dave enjoyed the way he could take years of experience as a fire fighter and apply this knowledge to fire investigation. He found the work to be extremely interesting, challenging and he enjoyed the investigation process that required analytical and problem solving skills.
Not quite ready for retirement
When it was time for retirement in 2012, he wasn’t quite ready to just disappear from the fire service brotherhood. He had spent a lot of time and effort acquiring the training and certifications to be a fire investigator, and wanted to keep working so he started to look for the right opportunity. As Dave contemplated where he might be able to keep working as a fire investigator, he steered away from the big national companies. He did a few investigations with Terry Sheppard of Blaze Fire Investigation and recognized a good fit.
Company Structure Sets Investigators Up for Success
At Blaze, Dave immediately saw how the structure of the company sets the investigators up for success. The owners, Erik Anderson and Beth Anderson, are great to work for. He has always felt comfortable going to them for suggestions or input. Having consistent engineering resources at his fingertips is an incredible resource that is unique to Blaze Fire Investigation. Administrative support from Liz Rockwell and access to high quality lab analysis resources helps Dave to focus on fire investigation giving the clients excellent service.
Blaze Fire Invests in its Employees
Everyone who works at Blaze Fire Investigation, including Dave, appreciates how the company invests in them. Even though Dave is part-time, the training he needs to keep up his credentials or go into a specialty area is paid for by the company. He also receives a tool allowance and participation in an additional 401K – for when he really decides to retire and spend more time at the lake.